Edinburgh Centre for Global History

Material Culture, Production & Consumption

The Material Culture, Production & Consumption hub promotes scholarship that considers the production, consumption and trade of goods, while paying attention to how these processes might have engendered connections and/or disconnections in the past.

Cotton Palampore

Global history and material culture studies have intersected in profoundly important ways in recent years and this move has expanded the field considerably.

Trade and the movement of commodities have always been a staple of the global approach but the incorporation of material culture studies methodologies has allowed scholars to consider both the local and the global impact of trade.

Scholarship in this area is attuned to the many ways in which a particular object can be studied: as a trade commodity, a treasured possession, or as a tactile object that requires particular skills to be produced.